About a month or so ago, I saw a blogger (can’t remember who, but if it’s you, please say so!) do a post about whether readathons actually help with reading. I thought it was a very interesting post because I love readathons, or at least the idea of them. I definitely get a lot of reading done during them because I’m more motivated to do so, but the post did make me start to wonder if I actually like them.
I love the idea of a 24-hour readathon.
Get up in the morning, start reading, have lots of snacks on hand, and stay up all night reading really good books? That sounds like the perfect way to spend your time to me. However, I have tried to do a couple 24-hour readathons recently, and I failed miserably. In college, I used to be able to get quite a few hours in, and, most weekends, I’d stay up until 2-4 in the morning just reading and watching horror movies and then some kids animated movies to recover from the horror movies. It seems that I cannot do any of these things anymore, because I fail so miserably at 24 hour ‘thons now. So, in terms of the 24-hour ones, I love the idea of it, but in reality, I can’t really do them.
I also get really stressed out about them.
I psych myself out a few days before because I know I’m not going to make it through a full 24 hours, which I start feeling weirdly guilty about? Which I know makes no sense, because I’m doing these events for my pure pleasure and fun.
Week long readathons, on the other hand, I think I do still like.
I LOVE participating in events like Bout of Books, which is this week!! I get the most reading of the whole month done during events that are Bout of Books length, usually. I try to focus on reading shorter books so I can read more, and I always plan a loose TBR pile, which helps me focus my reading as well. I am a big mood reader most of the time, but having books planned to focus my mood reading really helps me get more read. I also like that a week isn’t too long or too short, so I can read when I feel like it and not feel as much pressure.
I also love prompt readathons.
Over the spring months, I participated in the seasonal Spring readathon, which had a bunch of different prompts. I discovered the OWL and NEWT readathons too late, I think, but I like the idea of those as well. Having prompts encourages me to read books I have put aside for a while because they fit the prompt, and reintroduce me to books I put on my TBR list a while ago that I haven’t gotten to yet.
So, generally speaking, I love the IDEA of a 24-hour readathon but not the reality, but I do love other readathons.
I think if I want to do 24-hour thons, I just need to start not psyching myself out and putting so much pressure on myself to readathon perfectly. Readathons are supposed to be fun, so I need to focus more on that idea rather than reading an entire 24 hours exactly or reading a certain ridiculous number of books.